Police intelligence team from the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, has arrested three security guards namely Oladele Opeyemi Daniel, 23, Eriwole Ogunlana, 24 and Mubarak Mayegun, 24, for allegedly impersonating the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, in Lagos.
The suspects were apprehended by the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Beecroft patrol team on Tuesday and handed them over to the Police for investigation over their alleged conduct.
This was disclosed by the Commander NNS Beecroft, Commodore Kolawole Oguntuga, who stated that the impostors sought to deceive the public into believing that there existed a false collaboration between an illegal security outfit, Gallantry Intelligence Corps of Nigeria and the Nigerian Navy.
“The suspects have been handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti of the Nigeria Police for further interogation and persecution.”
“In a significant development to prevent swindling the general public, the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT patrol team apprehended 3 impostors within the vicinity of Isolo, Lagos State.
This operation, conducted on 1st September, 2023, was initiated in response to alarming reports of fraudulent individuals featuring the image of Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla in printed posters being circulated.*
“The impostors sought to deceive the public into believing there exists a false collaboration between an illegal security outfit, tagged Gallantry Intelligence Corps of Nigeria and the Nigerian Navy.”
“The Nigerian Navy appeals to the public to be mindful of unscrupulous elements, who want to inflict unnecessary hardship by using unpleasant means to lure innocent youths to commit resources for illegitimate employment.
The Nigerian Navy Under the leadership of Vice Admiral EI Ogalla, reaffirms its commitment to thwarting all forms of illegality and remains resolute in providing conducive employment for law abiding citizens to go about their business as well as ensuring safety and security of the public, which is essential for the economic prosperity of our nation.”
“The Navy also urge citizens to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities promptly, as this is crucial in preserving integrity of our defence forces and safeguarding the public from potential scams and fraudulent activities” Commodore Kolawole Oguntuga stated.
The suspects may likely be charged before the Court for their alleged conduct but that will be after the conclusion of investigations by the Police